- Punjab Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 runs
- Captain KL Rahul played 91 runs in 50 balls
- Rahul was present from the opening to the last over.
- Lokesh Rahul made a blast last year too
KL Rahul has started IPL 2021 with a bang. The Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain scored 91 runs in just 50 balls to take the team to a score of 221 in 20 overs. 28-year-old Lokesh Rahul, batting till the last over, anchored the Punjab innings.
Last year, many questions were raised about KL Rahul’s strike rate. Despite this, he remained the leading run scorer of the tournament. This time in the first match, Rahul pressed the accelerator at the right time and brought his team to a strong position.
KL Rahul hangs till the end
Punjab, batting first after losing the toss, scored 221 runs for six wickets in 20 overs. Mayank Agarwal (14) was dismissed cheaply. But Rahul first shared a 67-run partnership for the second wicket with Chris Gayle. Gayle looked in good form, but he was dismissed by Ryan Pollen before he became more dangerous. Gayle scored 40 runs off 28 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.
Samson did not strike in the last over, Morris became the face of 16.25 crores
Rahul and Deepak Hooda took over after Gayle was dismissed. The two batsmen shared a 105-run partnership for the third wicket. Deepak was victimized by Chris Morris. Punjab’s innings collapsed after the partnership broke down. Going towards the century, Rahul was out on the second ball of the last over. On the final ball of the innings, Zhai Richderson returned to the pavilion without opening the account.
A lot of praise on social media
KL Rahul’s innings made the fans happy. Some fans also called it Rahul’s answer to those who raised questions about the strike rate. Taking inspiration from Rahul Dravid’s recent ad, a fan pasted KL Rahul’s post and wrote ‘IPL Ka Gunda Hoon Main’.
Rahul’s claim for the World Cup
The last few months have not been as good for KL Rahul. He was able to score only 15 runs in 4 innings of the T20 series against England. However, in the ODIs, he regained his form and scored a century. For the T20 World Cup, it is important to have a good performance in the IPL for the selection of the Indian team. KL Rahul has started with a strong claim.
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